OOTD: F21 Blush Pink Blazer + Beaded Crop + White Jeans

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 Photography by Lisha Wang

Makeup by Steph Dong

Blazer: Forever21 (similar here), Crop top: Nordstroms, Purse: Ann Taylor, Pants: Joe’s Jeans, Shoes: Forever21 (old)

Accessorized by Rocksbox

Long time, no blog! – it has been quite a while since my last post.  It’s been so long, I feel like I’ve kind of forgotten how to write.  These days, the most writing I do is for emails, talking about numbers and excel spreadsheets (fun.), or for Gchats with a lot of wsup’s, LMAO’s and other short-hand words.  I miss those times in school, where we were forced to write an essay or those days in journalism where we would find interesting stories to tell – writing seemed more effortless.  This is one of the reasons why I’ve created some outlets to write creatively or to simply write my thoughts – my diary at home, and here at Colors of Chic.  Gotta keep the juices flowing!

Besides work and not writing here as much as I’d like to, I’ve really been focusing on trying to do things that make me healthy, happy, and more well-rounded in terms of learning about the world or other cultures.  In terms of being healthy, I’ve set rough goals on eating out less, working out more, using my standup desk, and avoiding the weekly desserts at work.  By rough, I mean there’s not an exact number nor timeframe, but more of a mindset to work towards improving little by little.  Secondly, I’ve been working on being happy – this should be so simple, but sometimes we let silly things get in the way, like comparing ourselves to others, caring what other people think, being too hard on ourselves.  Recently, I’ve set aside more time to self-reflect: to re-evaluate where my passions lie and what my values are as well as to revisit my personal goals and dreams.  I feel like everyone needs to do this once in a while to reenergize.  The last bit of what I’ve been up to is traveling and exploring!!!  In the past few months, I’ve spent a couple weeks on the east coast, I’ve gone hiking in Yosemite, wined it up in Healdsburg, went horseback riding on Bodega Bay, road tripped to LA, went on my first Euro trip to Spain and Portugal and last but not least, chilled at the beautiful beaches in Oahu.  It’s really been a blast checking out new places, new foods and new faces – I can’t wait to plan my next trip!  Though I obviously haven’t gotten rid of my travel bug, being away has also brought me closer to home.  I missed HOME!  And now that I am at home, I can FINALLY write and present you this weeks outfit, photographed at one of my fave sites, Bernal Heights in San Francisco!

A few notes on the outfit: As you know, I’m all about earth tones and my favorite color right now is this blush pink.  When I saw this oversized blazer at Forever21, you know I had to snag it.  I love how easy the blush pink pairs with olives and whites, and how it creates a super clean look.  I accessorized with my monthly set from Rocksbox – overall, so happy with what I received.  I love jewelry that’s very delicate and light looking.  Perfecto!

OOTD: How to wear a Faux Fur vest with Pearls


Photography by Lisha Wang

MUA by Stephanie Dong

Model: Raymond Chou

‘How to wear a Faux Fur Vest with Pearls':

1. Simple Black Dress by Forever21 (size S)

2. Pearl Earrings & Necklace by DearMissJ

3. White clutch by Brahmin

4. ‘Pete’ Pointy Toe Pumps by Joe’s Jeans

5. Ankle Strap Faux Leather Sandals by Forever21

6. Infiniti ring from Rocksbox (use code kimberlyxoxo for first month free!)

7. Faux Fur Vest by H&M (size S)


A little more on DearMissJ (DMJ) jewelry — DMJ is a mother-daughter owned and operated online jewelry boutique.  What I love about DMJ is their selection of classy, high quality pieces, including the pearl earrings (Girl With A Pearl Earring) & necklace (Lorelai Gilmore) featured above in today’s outfit!  These days, it’s difficult to find hand-crafted jewelry thats unique and also stylish – luckily DearMissJ’s jewelry has all of the above.  What is also amazing about this company is that they offer FREE HOME TRY-ON service.  Basically, pick up to 3 items per box, receive & try on, and keep the items you wish to purchase.   Right now, there’s a Valentine’s day promotion for 30%.  Gotta love it.

OOTD: How to wear knee high boots with a romper

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MUA by Steph Dong

Jacket: BLANKNYC, Romper: ASTR, Purse: Ferragamo, Necklace: Rocksbox,

Bracelets: Rocksbox & Banana Republic & Anarchy Street, Boots: Franco Sarto (similar here).

Wow, it’s been a while since my last post.  In short, my trip to Taiwan was so fun! – I did a lot of eating, shopping, exploring, night-marketing, sight-seeing, and flasking.  Traveling is such a great way for me to step away from reality and jump into a whole other world.  Going to Asia again reminded me of my time off from work about a year ago, and all the adventures and new experiences I had during that time.  It is seriously amazing what some time off to recharge can do for you.  During my time off, I literally did everything and anything I wanted – how often can we say that we do that? – I worked out everyday, enjoyed the outdoors, traveled, joined MDT, and eventually started this blog.  This blog is very dear to me because one, it is a reminder of all those great memories and that mindset I created for myself about a year+ ago and two, it’s opened up doors to meet and collaborate with some awesome friends.  For this shoot, Steph Dong did such a beautiful job on my makeup and Lisha Wang, as always, killed it behind the camera.  I hope ya’ll take some time to check out their work linked here and here.

Chic Picks: Travel Essentials for my Taiwan Trip

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Photography by: Kristin Hashimoto

Flasks: Flasking, Jewelry: Rocksbox, Notepad: Cavallini

Purse: Marc Jacobs, Wallet: Tory Burch, Top: Zara, Bottoms: Joe’s Jeans Else, Flats: Cole Haan

About a year ago, I spent a month exploring Thailand – it was an amazing experience that I still dream about today.  Since then, I’ve had the travel bug and have been itching for another adventure.  Luckily for me, time has been flying – especially with work and all – and this week has finally come!  In a few days, I’ll be in Taiwan for the first time, exploring Taipei, eating lamb skewers and drinking Boba.  In preparation for my trip, I’ve been doing a bit of planning and also packing.  I’m usually a heavy packer, but for this trip, since we’ll be hopping from city to city, I’ve decided to pack just the essentials.  Here, I’ve featured my Day 1 outfit: a basic crop with white jeans and my most comfortable flats by Cole Haan.  I’ll also be bringing along my handy dandy leather backpack by Marc Jacobs to hold a Cavallini travel notepad, my prescription sunglasses (cuz I’m an old lady), my favorite Tory Burch wallet, and my super stylish flasks by Flasking (yes – this is very essential), amongst other things.  The backpack is great because I’ll be able to carry my goodies and have free hands for eating food at the night markets.  =) Anyhoo, enough about me – let me know about your upcoming travels/cool trips in the comment box below.  Would love to hear!  Thanks for reading. =)

**Huge thanks to Flasking for these beautiful flasks – I’m beyond excited to use them on my trip.  They’re intricately designed, super portable and surprisingly suit well as a fashion accessory for a night-out.  When you have a chance check out Flasking and their unique and limited-edition flasks, handcrafted by artists.  A couple more of my favorites are here and here.  =)

OOTD: GAP “Make Love” Remake

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Photography by Lisha Wang

MUA by Stephanie Dong

Model: Raymond Chou

Top: J.Crew, Bottom: Joe’s Jeans, Pumps: Nine West

Decided to change things up a bit and collaborate with some really awesome people for an in studio shoot!  This shoot was  inspired by the GAP “Make Love” campaign.  We wanted to keep a similar clean and classic look and feel.  At first I was a little nervous, but it ended up being a blast.  Can’t wait to do more shoots like this!

OOTD: Stripes & Eyelets

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Photography by Michael Trinh

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Banana Republic, Shoes: Forever 21, Bag: J.Crew, Rings: Pandora & thanks Rocksbox!

Keeping it casual at work.  Love this crinkly J.Crew button-up – could totally pair it w white jeans, pumps and a statement necklace.  Instead, I chose to wear it with one of my fave eyelet skirts, which I bought from Banana Republic Outlets on my way back to the Bay.  Added a pop of color with orangey-red clutch.

OOTD: Vanilla Honey Tea Latte


Photography by Douglas Clarke

Jacket: Bar III, Belt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Banana Republic, Heels: Nine West, Earrings & Rings: Thanks RocksBox!

Spent the day exploring downtown Oakland for the first time – it was a mixture of a lot of old and a lot of new.  Stopped by a cute cafe called Tierra Mia – definitely going back again – had such a cool vibe and their Vanilla Honey Tea Latte was so delish.  Decided to sport one of my favorite jackets with today’s outfit – the details, the shape and color all make it so versatile.  I pair it w ripped jeans on casual days, and sometimes wear it a lacy dress to add a little edge.  Here, I went for a more classy look.